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Stinson Beach Closed to Swimming After Great White Shark Sighting

August 20, 2013 | 9:50 am

Stinson Beach Closed to Swimming After Great White Shark Sighting

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What is going on at Stinson Beach? Last week we reported on salmon sharks that had washed up onshore at the popular Marin recreation area. Then yesterday a 42-foot juvenile fin whale died after it became stranded on the beach. And now the beach is closed to swimming at least until Saturday after a 10- […]

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July 29, 2013 | 1:41 pm

Video: Paraglider Flies High Above Sierra Peaks

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Ever have a dream like this? Chronicle outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra writes today about paraglider Dave Turner, who on July 1 flew across a good little chunk of the Sierra Nevada. From Stienstra’s column … Turner departed from Walt’s Point, a launch perched on a cliff at the foot of the southeast flank of 14,505-foot […]

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San Francisco Has Skinniest Men and Marin the Longest-Living Women in the U.S.

July 24, 2013 | 3:51 pm

San Francisco Has Skinniest Men and Marin the Longest-Living Women in the U.S.

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by Kelly O’Mara and Olivia Hubert-Allen It turns out it’s not just your imagination that the Bay Area is full of skinny, active people. A study released on July 10 from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington measured the rates of activity, obesity, and longevity county-by-county across the country. The […]

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San Francisco Cyclist to Get Probation, Community Service in Pedestrian Death

July 23, 2013 | 2:06 pm

San Francisco Cyclist to Get Probation, Community Service in Pedestrian Death

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Tuesday a plea deal with Chris Bucchere, the Marin County bicyclist who notoriously ran over and killed 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at Market and Castro streets in March, 2012. Bucchere agreed to a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter, but will avoid jail time with a sentence of three years […]

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GGNRA Could Snuff Out Ocean Beach Bonfires

June 25, 2013 | 4:06 pm

GGNRA Could Snuff Out Ocean Beach Bonfires

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by Tom Prete, Ocean Beach Bulletin Big changes to how the Golden Gate National Recreation Area handles fires on Ocean Beach could be in store, due in part to crime, litter and budgetary concerns. To many people, sitting around a bonfire on Ocean Beach is a cherished tradition and essential part of what makes the […]

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San Francisco Is Ranked No. 3 in U.S. for Parks

June 6, 2013 | 6:00 am

San Francisco Is Ranked No. 3 in U.S. for Parks

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When you think of parks in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park comes immediately to mind. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine last month ranked the park No. 6 out of the 30 most beautiful in the world. But San Francisco boasts a remarkable diversity of open space, totaling 5,384 acres, or 17.9 percent of the […]

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Never Mind Jason Collins, What About All the <i>Straight</i> Athletes Who Want to Play on <i>Gay</i> Teams?

June 5, 2013 | 9:05 am

Never Mind Jason Collins, What About All the Straight Athletes Who Want to Play on Gay Teams?

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In April I wrote a post about the San Francisco Gay Softball League, where I have happily played for about a decade despite my status, as it were, as a straight man. Part of that article dealt with one team that has taken the league’s egalitarian attitude toward participation by non-LGBT players to a new […]

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New Baby Giraffe at San Francisco Zoo

May 30, 2013 | 12:56 pm

New Baby Giraffe at San Francisco Zoo

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) A new baby giraffe was born at the San Francisco Zoo last week, weighing in at 130 pounds and standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, zoo officials said. The female calf, who has yet to be named, was born to 11-year-old mother Kristin and father Floyd on May 22. Her mother gave […]

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BART Directors to Vote on Ending Commute-Time Bike Restrictions

May 23, 2013 | 6:00 am

BART Directors to Vote on Ending Commute-Time Bike Restrictions

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by Bryan Goebel BART appears poised to end the transit system’s ban on bicycles during peak commute hours. The agency’s staff is recommending that its board of directors adopt a new policy allowing bicycles on board from 7 to 9 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. That follows what BART says was a mostly […]

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May 13, 2013 | 12:53 pm

Audience at Oakland’s Internet Cat Video Festival Agrees That Cats Are Awesome

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by Aaron Mendelson Thousands of cat lovers attended Oakland’s first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday, crowding into four blocked-off streets in the Uptown area. The all-day event celebrated everything feline, with cat adoptions, cat art, a cat photo booth, aerial acrobatics and live music. Organizers said more than 6,000 people attended. The main event […]

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